Increased awareness of the value of higher education attainment prompts educators and school administrators to focus on providing adequate and appropriate college access initiatives for traditionally underrepresented groups such as minorities, economically disadvantaged, and first-generation students. Underserved and marginalized students deserve college access programming grounded in theory, inquiry, experimentation, and reflection. The authors explore efforts aimed at closing education attainment gaps and removing higher education barriers that impact low-income and underrepresented first- generation populations. Emphasis is placed on 1) identification of human capital development barriers for first-generation students; 2) the value of family education and the creation of college-going cultures; 3) integration of college/career readiness factors within secondary curriculum; and 4) educational strategies and program delivery features that engage and advance underserved/marginalized first-generation students.
|Keywords:||Academic Success, College/Career Readiness, Education Barriers, Underrepresented Populations, First-generation Students, College-going Cultures, Low-income Students|
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Counseling, Texas A&M - San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Chair, Education Department, Education, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
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